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Posts for: August, 2012

Do you ever feel like the person in this picture? There isn't enough coffee that can wake you up? In addition, did you know that about 20% of all automobile accidents are attributed to drowsy driving? It can affect not only the way we drive, our attitude in the work place, and believe it or not, it can even age our brain. 

But what is the adequate amount of sleep? Experts in this field agree that between 7-8 hours a night is about right and yet 33% of the US population gets less than that, every night. While it is agreed that caffeinated beverages, stress, and a busy schedule can attribute to our lack of sleep, there is also one very large contributor that interrupts our sleep cycle through the night: obstructive sleep apnea

For sleep apnea patients, it doesn't matter how long they are in bed. Their sleep is fragmented because they literally stop breathing several times throughout the night. Each stoppage is followed by a brief waking as they begin to breath again. Dangers of sleep apnea disorder include heart attacks, strokes, memory problems, and even dementia. 

In a recent study from the University of California, San Fransico, 1,300 women over the age of 75 found that participants with sleep apnea had a greater than twice the odds of developing dementia over 5 years than those without this condition. 

Most sleep apnea patients are fitted with a Continuous Postive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask that fits over their face and requires a hose and electricity to run. These units can also be difficult to travel with and require the patient to remain on their back during the sleep cycle, which may be difficult to do if the person is a side sleeper. 

An alternative to this option, is an oral appliance from a dentist, like Dr. Rashmi Parmar, who has been trained in dental sleep options. 

Parmar Family & Cometic Dentistry can help if you want a diagnosis or already have sleep apnea and can treat patients with oral appliances that are custom-fitted to help them sleep soundly and minimize the effects of sleep apnea, such as snoring. These FDA-approved devices essentially treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea by preventing airway obstruction and allowing the patient to breathe easily and continuously. Parmar Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is located in Clarksville, MD and is accepting new patients. Call them today at (410) 531-5639 to learn more about this breathtaking offering!